Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Follow Up

A couple of posts below, Peter mentions that DoJ aide Monica Goodling has announced that she is going to invoke the 5th amendment and not testify in front of Congress. Ignoring the debate about whether or not the 5th amendment applies in this case (since I'm not a lawyer), the following question must still be asked:

If she's concerned that she could incriminate herself if she testifies, then there must be some, what's the word for it, oh, yes - crime, that has been committed that she's afraid she could be implicated in, right?

The only other option is that she's afraid that if she lies, and is caught in the lie, that's grounds for perjury.

So we're left with one of two options:

1) A lawyer who works for the Department of Justice knows that a crime has been committed, and knows that if she testifies she could be implicated

-or-

2) She knows that she would not tell the truth, and doesn't want to be caught committing perjury.

That's special.

3 comments:

Peter said...

Looks like there is a good chance that she suborned perjury--that she fed a surrogate (probably Deputy AG McNulty)false ino to give before Congress.

And that's "Justice."

schmidlap said...

I'm also wiling to bet that her lawyers, the ones she has hired to keep her pretty little ass out of prison, went to real law and undergrad schools, not her fundie fraud alma maters: Regent "University" and Messiah "College."

Puh-leeze.

jimbow8 said...

According to http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/013272.php

A party can request a hearing (in federal or state court) to examine whether the party invoking the Fifth has done so properly.... You can't invoke the Fifth to avoid perjury charges (or obstructing justice with the selfsame testimony).